Examiners mark tasks using assessment scales developed with explicit reference to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The scales, which are used across the Cambridge English General and Business English Writing tests, are made up from four subscales: Content, Communicative Achievement, Organisation and Language: Content focuses on how well the candidate has fulfilled the task – if they have done what they were asked to do. Communicative Achievement focuses on how appropriate the writing is for the task and whether the candidate has used the appropriate register. Organisation focuses on the way the candidate puts together the piece of writing, in other words, if it is logical and ordered. Language focuses on vocabulary and grammar. This includes the range of language as well as how accurate it is. Each response is marked from 0 to 5 on each of the four subscales and these scores are combined to give a final mark for the Writing test.
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